Elderly woman held in guardianship

- It's been almost two years since 87-year-old Doris Davis was removed from her southeast Houston home on Alvin Street. That's because she was declared unfit to live alone by the Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults program.  

Court records show Davis contacted her doctor complaining about a headache in 2014 but the doctor realized she was having a stroke and had her transported by ambulance to a hospital. Those court records we examined show the main reasons for placing Davis, a widow with no children, in the guardianship program were dementia and her home being in disrepair. 

Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults also said the criminal backgrounds of some relatives prevented the agency from releasing Davis to family members.

Monica Shaw, Davis' niece, says her aunt was completely capable of taking care of herself. Shaw also adds that she is willing to take care of her aunt to get her out of the nursing home where she was placed by HCPS and the court handling the case. But that was denied by the court with a judge ruling the best place for Davis was the county's guardianship program.

Here are the likely reasons why: According to letters on court filed from family members, friends, and Davis' pastor, they say they believe the best place for the senior citizen is the guardianship program. One relative says the 87-year-old woman was victimized by another relative saying some of her monthly checks were stolen as well as new appliances were missing from her home.

That family member also writes that Davis took out a $10,000 loan for home repairs that were never done by a relative.

And then there's the allegation of a constant flow of women through Davis' house she did not know, women dating a relative. All that is spelled out in the court file.

However, Shaw says all of her aunt's assets, including her home, are now with the county and are being used to pay for the nursing home and other expenses.

Harris County Commissioner Gene Locke has been quietly working to help Davis behind the scenes. He says the elderly woman is a long-time friend. Locke also says he has contractors ready to repair her home.  He laid out his plan in a letter to the probate court handling Davis' case.

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